Getting a bit tired of "greatest battles" or "greatest generals" threads.
Let's have a Greatest Individual Warriors (pre-gunpowder, of course).
It can be from any time or era as long as we don't include the aforementioned gunpowder and it can be from any continent.
My vote goes for Harald Hardrada.
>Rough childhood, had to fight since his teens >Exiled, has to pick up mercenary work to survive even though he has royal blood >Wants to marry a qt Slav princess but can't until he proves himself a great warrior to her father >Is such a great fighter he ends up being the leader of the Varangian guard and leads them to victory after victory only suffering a debatable defeat >Gets rich off the Byzantines' vaults, comes back home >Gets his throne back >At age 50 something goes raiding to England where he suffers a fatal defeat at the hands of the sneaky King Harold who surprised the unarmoured and nearly unarmed, divided raiding party >Still manages to take 40 men down in his final effort before he's put down with an arrow to the neck
Not to mention he was tall as fuck (King Harold promised him a 7ft deep grave, as he was "larger than most men").
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Terrail,_seigneur_de_Bayard >At the Battle of Garigliano he single-handedly defended the bridge of the Garigliano against 200 Spaniards, an exploit that brought him such renown that Pope Julius II tried unsuccessfully to entice him into his service
Can someone please explain to me how the "H" "R" "E" even works? How autonomous were the states within? How did they delegate power? Who owns what and how? How did war work inside? Is it just a cluster of nation states that band together when a bigger guy threatens one of them, but otherwise they hate each other or is it more nuanced? Do Germans have to learn about this mess in school?
>>483077 How did the HRE work? It didn't. Full stop. Did not work.
Depending on the individual power the prince, things could very a great deal. The Elector of Brandenburg/King in Prussia, along with the other secular Electors- Brunswick-Luneburg (also called Hannover or Lower Saxony), Saxony, Palatinate, Bavaria- also had a great deal of independence. These guys could pretty much declare war on each other or foreign nations whenever, especially after Westphalia, but the Emperor usually tried to mediate (unless they... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
So, pretty much the whole mess was theoretically governed by the Imperial Constitution, built upon since Charlemagne and by the 18th century, was literally impossible to compile (I'm not kidding, a guy wrote 150 volumes wasn't near done). What was important about the Imperial Constitution is not the powers it granted the Emperor, but the powers it granted everyone else. Much like Ancien Regime France, everyone had their own little rights and privileges that completely hampered reform in any war,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
For those of you who don't know, the Sea Peoples were a collection of tribes during the late Bronze Age whose piracy and general vandalism greatly weakened Egypt and probably destroyed Mycenae and Troy.
According to the Egyptian records, there were several tribes of these marauders; the Denyen (Danaoi of Greek legend or the Biblical tribe of Dan), Ekwesh (possibly Achaeans, refugees from Mycenae), Lukkah (Lycians), Peleset (Biblical Philistines), Shekelesh and Sherden (Sicilians and Sardinians), Teresh (Etruscans, same... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
How often do you think American or British officers had to shoot their men for not following orders during battle? I remember reading Lt Ronald Speirs doing that to one of his sergeants. Obviously it won't you weren't fucking around and your men would listen to you more. Did it happen often? Or was it a handful of isolated incidents. Today's culture has changed, but back then I could easily see an officer putting .45 in a man for not following orders back to even the Vietnam era.
I know the Russians did it all the time during WW1 and WW2. Wouldn't surprise me if the trauma led to an increase in alcoholism. But those guys didn't fuck around. They had to keep up the macho image as well respect as an officer. Add alcohol and a desperate situation, and you got officers blasting their men.
Question: What is the policy of Christians on considering what is and is not idolatry?
I only ask because I often see statues like pic related in churches. It doesn't really make sense to me how you can put a statue with a explicit depiction of a man who you believe is the embodiment of god at the forefront of your place of worship, and say that you have not created an idol. It just causes some confusion to non-Christians.
>>482500 But the Jews for example, practice it as if you even so much as look at an image of SOMETHING while praying, you're practicing idolatry. I believe that most Greeks and Egyptians didn't think that their statues were actual gods, but they are thought of as idolators.
I guess my question is, why did this practice come about? When? And why is idolatry so important to Christians when they have abandoned about 95% of the other Old Testament commandments?
Remember when the Nazis came to power in Germany? Surely not everyone in the German society was onboard and supportive of Nazism. Are there historical accounts of what these people believed, how they behaved, what they did, etc. Did they voice concerns? How were they treated? Both by society in general and by the Nazi party?
>>482470 >Remember when the Nazis came to power in Germany? Wasn't born.
>Surely not everyone in the German society was onboard and supportive of Nazism. Chiefly: KAPD KPD SPD Junkers Syndicates General Staff >Are there historical accounts of what these people believed, how they behaved, what they did, etc. Yes. Extensively. >Did they voice concerns? Well an ultraleftist... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>482466 Yes they were, but if you were forced to survive for decades with no help, no education, no love, no sex and no reason to continue - you might also feel free to commit such terrible atrocities, simply out of moral numbness.
How did France just lose the County of Flanders, which was at the time arguably the richest place in Europe? It had been part of the Kingdom of France for the entirety of the Middle Ages, just to slip away to Austria.
Furthermore, how come they didn't bother, or better said, succeed reclaiming it?
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